Both Houses of Parliament - Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara - should on Monday commemorate the first Human Rights Day in the new millennium by breaking from the mould of past parliamentary indifference and apathy to human rights and demonstrate by word and deed a new commitment to the cause of human rights which transcend national boundaries.
One way for the Dewan Rakyat, which will still be meeting on Monday,
to demonstrate that it is in the national and international forefront in
concerns and commitment on human rights is to pass unanimous motion on
two pressing human rights issues, namely:
The Malaysian Parliament should not continue to be remiss in it human rights obligations by being insensitive and unresponsive to grave human rights issues in the country and the international arena - and it is time that Members of Parliament, whether Barisan Nasional, Barisan Alternative or the DAP, demonstrate that they could unite on human rights issues and questions.
On the home front, MPs must demand whether the appalling conditions in the detention centres had been a major contributory factor in driving the detainees to riot and set ablaze four of the five wooden buildings at the Pekan Nenas detention centre where they were housed while awaiting deportation back to their homeland.